Microsoft renews Killer Instinct trademark

Redmond software giant files trademark application with United States Patent & Trademark Office for "online video games."

Microsoft has renewed its trademark for Killer Instinct. The Microsoft-run PlayXBLA news portal revealed the information, which is backed up by the official September 12 listing with the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).

Is an HD rerelease in the works?

The trademark was filed under the goods and services description of video game software, with a specificity of "online video games."

It is not clear what this action means for the future of the Killer Instinct fighting game franchise. A Microsoft spokesperson told GameSpot, "Microsoft often acquires various trademarks as part of its ongoing business strategy, but beyond that we have no comment.”

The 1994 original Killer Instinct was developed by Rare and published by Midway for arcades. It was later released for the Super Nintendo and Game Boy, published by Nintendo. A sequel titled Killer Instinct 2 launched in 1996 and arrived on the Nintendo 64 as Killer Instinct Gold.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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330 comments
alterzero
alterzero

Getting ready to kick some major ass with Jago, don't disappoint me  Rare or I won't get the XBOX One, I've seen a picture with Banjo also and if they screw Banjo-Kazooie again I'll get even further away!... -_-

UbdU
UbdU

I would consider an Xbox1 for this.

LeoKRock
LeoKRock

couldn´t care less about an HD remake, but an all new Killer Instinct for the Xbox One that would be exciting news!

drgribb
drgribb

I was hoping some magic would happen and we'd be able to get a KI3 for wiiU, but this is still great news- I'll take anything I can get.  I want more KI soooo badly... greatest fighting series ever.

blackace
blackace

It's about time Microsoft. Hurry up and get KI3 done. I'm sure there is a Perfect Dark Zero sequel on the way as well. I wonder if this will make the XBox 360 or the XBox 720. Hhhmm..

FET4LJUICE
FET4LJUICE

Dude, when I first saw this, I literally got up from my chair and started doing Sabrewulf's humilation dance! I'd be happy if they were to re-release KI 1 or 2 in HD, but would be even better if KI 3 was finally announced!!

Mizarzeug
Mizarzeug

Dammit god fkn dammit I thought for having been so long that mecosoft wouldnt dare anymore let their unworthy hands make use of the greatest fighting game franchise back in the years of th3 Nintendo Reign. being honest ido t feel optimistic of this franchise will reposition thinking many gamers of that era no longer. exist and many other do not devolve in the box although ir os of the very very frw if not the only respectful move that microsh have done to try bring gamers outside of their claws dont. care anymore of the future of the franchise good old memories left i wont be able to play it well of cpurse thwres always the emulators almost in a thought could be played in the pc

330566
330566

HD remake please. I still have my CD soundtrack from when I bought this on Snes.. Ahh the memories.

rarson
rarson

Killer Instinct was an awesome game, even on SNES. KI2 and KI Gold weren't as good, but they weren't bad either. The arcade versions were pretty notable by their zooming, scrolling backgrounds which kind of emulated 3D, pretty clever stuff (you can run these via MAME, by the way).

 

I think a new KI would be awesome, and I thought I read something about Rare wanting to do an online version, but I doubt this is, right now, anything other than Microsoft protecting its IP for a possible, but not very probable game in the future.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Microsoft needs a new original IP, and by original I mean not a beat-em-up.

X-Solid
X-Solid

The news reporter is it Male or Female? Im confused?!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

YES! I love this game!! I played it in the local arcade and then i got in on Nintendo SNES and then got it on Nintendo 64. i think it was called Killer Instinct Gold.

Cant wait for this to come out!! Hope Microsoft dont stuff it up!

 

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

CPU Glacius will resume ice lancing us all like hemorrhoids.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

So, basically, I was ruffling through the news, saw this, and went like this --

 

O_O

arsefacey
arsefacey

"C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!" haha I'm excited for this! hope it comes out well

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

If they ever make this game..I really hope it sticks to its awesome ingenious fluid combat with awesome combos and serie of characters..I have a emu with both the old MKs and KI (also played this 15 years ago) and all I can say is damn this game always was superior to MK in every ways. I hope the new KI will be much more awesome than the new MK games cause those are short-living repetitive games with bad exploits that makes fights monotonous and boring (and no combos at all) so long live KI and I hope they do it right once again. 

Smith7010
Smith7010

Im all over this.. Would be sweet to get a KI3 in the works. 

maniaxe613
maniaxe613

If a Killer Instinct game is released for Playstation 3 or PC, I will be sure to purchase it!  I will be hearing "C-C-C-Combo breaker!" all over again!

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

How about the release of the arcade versions of KI 1&2 either on disc or xbla......I been yelling this for YEARS....

MUKUSS
MUKUSS

After ALLLLLL these years microsoft ...MAKE...THIS...SO

janicekkuan
janicekkuan

HD Killer Instinct !!! wow, hopefully this is gonna happen. Bring back those arcade quarters moments please!!!

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I imagine this mainly only means another arcade release for xbl....maybe a "HD" release

Xelm91
Xelm91

Now I have a reason to buy Xbox 360.

hunter8man
hunter8man

I'm not ashamed to admit that I still own and listen to the original Killer Kuts CD that was packaged with the SNES game. Fighting game fans need another Killer Instinct. Long overdue.

westsiderz28
westsiderz28

ULLLTTTRRRAAAA COMBOOOO!!!!

C,C,C,C,COMBO BREAKER

great memories

ldavid
ldavid

I have been saying this for years, i personally sent ed boon a message on his facebook page about killer instinct about a month ago, and now this news, only thing better would be playing it for the holidays on XBL.  JAGO...is the hardest player to learn, saberwolf the easiest, best news for tru video game fans, not the crap they call games today.  XBL rules, please keep us old guys excited, more news updates please.

blackace
blackace

 @X-Solid 

Uuumm.. his name is Eddie. Did you miss that little bit of information. Yes, I believe you are confused.

Aktiv16
Aktiv16

 @Blue-Sky Because M$ killed them! Imo Rare was awesome back in the day with Goldeneye, perfect dark, KI, etc. But ever since M$ acquired them they went under. KI suppose to came out a while ago but guess who killed it-yeah thats right M$.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

also most epic SNES theme song ever created

TheArcade
TheArcade

KILLERRRRRRRR COMBOOOOOOOOO!!!!

xolivierx
xolivierx

@westsiderz28 you are stealing my lines

OHGFawx
OHGFawx

 @ldavid I got really good with Jago only after spending weeks playing the tutorial on KI Gold on N64. I really don't think the 360 controller is up to the task considering the very precise (and awkward) control pad inputs you have to do for long combos. I used to shred my thumbs on the snes controller for KI, and it wasn't any better for KI Gold, this time I think an arcade fighting stick is by far the best way to go.

sonicare
sonicare

 @Aktiv16  @Blue-Sky

 I think rare was dead far before MS bought them.  They made those great games, but they hadnt done anything like that for quite some time.

GamerOuTLaWz
GamerOuTLaWz

 @OHGFawx  omg yeah..Xbox controller is utter shit for fighting games..you need a 4 direction arrows not a fucking circle with 4 edges..its just not the same as the good old simple SNES controllers

ldavid
ldavid

 @GamerOuTLaWz  @OHGFawx 

Street fighter six button pad controller works great with fighting games, would love to try it on this game.  arcade sticks are over rated, just need a six buttons, using four fingers like a typewriter...give it a try

timmccrthy
timmccrthy

 @GamerOuTLaWz  @OHGFawx Playing fighting games without a stick is like playing football without helmets. It's only safe if your opponents are really bad at the game in question.